HR Professional


May/June 2015


The Future Talent | The Cost of Vacant Positions | Remote Job Trends

Returning to Work
After a Mental Health Leave


  1. Returning to Work
    For employees returning from a mental illness-related leave, HR professioanls have a pivotal role to play
  2. The Future Talent
    Canada's untapped talent goldmine
  3. Meet the HR Influencers
    Melissa Sonberg, CHRE, ICD.D


  1. Letter from the Editor
  2. Leadership Matters
  3. Upfront - The latest HR news
  4. Legal Words - The growing concern of cybersecurity
  5. Recruitment - the cost of vacant positions
  6. Benefits - Challenges with cross-border pension plans
  7. Culture - Breaking Organizational bad habits
  8. Leadership - Taking a heart-centred approach
  9. Technology - Incorporating telecommuting into the workplace
  10. Talent Management - Flexible workspaces and collaborative culture
  11. Policies and procedures - Preventing fraudulent criminal record checks
  12. Tracy New: Occupational health and safety specialist
  13. Off the Shelf - What's Worth reading
  14. The Last Word - Taking responsibility for employee health choices

Volume 32 / Number 4 May/June 2015
Editor: Jill Harris
Managing Editor: Duff McCutcheon, HRPA Legal Editor: Malcolm MacKillop, Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP
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Editorial Advisory Board
Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion/Institut canadien de la diversité et de l’inclusion Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy & Organizational Consulting Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region District School Board Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour Relations Consulting Inc. Jennifer Laidlaw, Ontario Securities Commission Norm Sabapathy, Maple Leaf Foods Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University Sandra Smith, southlake Regional Health Centre Melissa Sonberg, McGill University Christine Thomlinson, Rubin Thomlinson LLP HR PROFESSIONAL is published eight times per year for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

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